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Rhode Island DNP Programs

Rhode Island DNP Programs

Those who are currently working as a nurse, or are interested in pursuing a nursing career in the future, may want to look into the possibility of obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This degree is meant to help students gain a greater understanding of the financial, ethical, and administrative procedures that go into the medical profession, as well as the how to provide highest possible level of clinical care. DNP programs in Rhode Island better prepare nurses to take on new challenges and managerial roles in various healthcare departments.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The University of Rhode Island is the only school in the state of Rhode Island that offers a DNP program. At the University of Rhode Island, there are separate DNP programs for an individuals who have obtained an MSN degree, and individuals who have obtained a BSN degree. The program features the following specializations:

  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Gerontological nurse practitioner
  • Gerontological clinical nurse specialist
  • Psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist

This program is 42 credits, and a full-time student is expected to take 9 credits per semester.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the DNP program with a BSN degree, an individual must:

  • Be admitted to the graduate school
  • Have at least a GPA 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Have completed the MAT or GRE with a satisfactory score
  • Have a BSN degree from an accredited program
  • Be eligible for RN licensure in Rhode Island
  • Have at least 2 years of clinical nurse experience
  • Have passed a basic statistics course
  • Have goals that align with the goals of the program

In order to be admitted to the DNP program with an MSN degree, an applicant must:

  • Have at least a 3.3 QPA
  • Submit two scholarly papers (one theoretical and one empirical)
  • Have achieved certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Be licensed as an RN
  • Submit evidence of graduate course work in concept development and theory
  • Two letters of reference
  • Have goals that align with the goals of the program
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Featured Accredited On-Campus DNP Schools

DNP programs currently available in RI.
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Pursue your education with Northeastern University. We offer a direct entry nursing program at our campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

Featured Accredited Online DNP Schools

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A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.
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  • And more...
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
Popular Programs:
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MS in Nursing
  • MS - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • And more...
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Popular Programs:
  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
  • Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration/Project Management
  • And more...
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Popular Programs:
  • Ph.D. in Health Services- Health Care Administration
  • Ph.D. in Health Services - Self-Designed
  • Ph.D. in Health Services - Leadership
  • And more...
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Popular Programs:
  • MA Human Services: Health & Wellness
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Popular Programs:
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Bridge Program)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Case Management
  • And more...
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
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A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.
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Other RI Schools with DNP Programs

University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI